Weight loss supplements are valuable supplements that aid weight loss. It is no news that weight loss is one of the most widely embarked upon journeys of humans. Developments in the fields of science and technology have made the task easier. The presence of weight loss supplements has allowed weight loss programs to be less stressful and simpler to accomplish. The functionality of weight loss supplements fall into three categories;

a) Reducing appetite: Some supplements simply reduce your appetite. With reduced appetite, your calorie and carb intake will also decrease, thereby reducing your weight.

b) Reducing absorption: Supplements allow your body to reject excess fats and calories.

c) Increasing fat burning: They allow your body to burn more fat with little or no effort.

Below is a list of the best weight loss supplements . The list includes how each works, effectiveness, and side effects.

Garcinia Cambogia supplement

This pill became very popular when it was first featured on the Dr. Oz show in 2012. Garcinia cambogia is a small, green fruit shaped like a pumpkin. The skin of the fruit contains hydroxy-citric acid, which is now sells as a diet pill. Once you ingest the pill, it inhibits a fat producing enzyme in the body and increases serotonin level. This process allows the person to reduce his/her cravings, thereby losing weight. Studies have shown that it takes a couple of weeks for the Garcinia Cambogia to take effect. There are no reports of any side effects.



Hydroxycut is one of the most famous in the world of weight loss supplements. There are several types, but the most common is  “Hydroxycut”. Hydroxycut contains lots of ingredients that reduce weight, including caffeine and few plant extracts. A study shows that it caused 9.1kg of weight loss within three months. The side effects are negligible, but you may experience jitteriness, anxiety, and nausea if you’re sensitive to caffeine.



Statistics show that caffeine is one of the most highly consumed psychoactive substances in the world. It naturally occurs in coffee, green tea, and dark chocolates. It is also present in some processed foods and beverages. Caffeine is widely known for its increase of metabolism. It is also sells as a weight-loss supplement. Taking caffeine increases the body’s metabolic rate, thereby using up excess fat. Caffeine has numerous side effects when taken without caution, it’s better to stick to the green tea and coffee supplement.



Orlistat , sold all over the world with the tag name “alli” and prescribed as Xenical, is a pharmaceutical drug that inhibits the breakdown of fat in the stomach, therefore reducing the calories absorbed. Orlistat has shown to reduce weight by 2.7kg within two weeks. It also reduces blood sugar and blood pressure making it quite versatile. Unfortunately, Orlistat has numerous digestive side effects ranging from random bowel movements to oily stool. It is best to use this pill with a low-fat diet. 


Raspberry ketones

From the name, raspberry ketones are derived from raspberries. The substance is responsible for its distinctive smell and sells as a weight-loss supplement. Raspberry ketones increase the breakdown of fat and increase the production of weight-loss friendly hormones like adiponectin. The only recorded side effect is that it makes your burp smell like raspberry.


Green coffee bean extract

Green coffee bean refers to a normal coffee bean that has not been roasted. A green coffee bean contains two substances that aid weight loss, caffeine and chlorogenic acid. Caffeine increases fat breakdown while chlorogenic acid slows down the breakdown of carbohydrates. Green coffee bean extract is effective, and many studies have backed up this claim. It also lowers blood pressure and blood sugar levels.



This is a type of fiber present in the roots of the elephant yam. Glucomannan absorbs water in the stomach and then forms a gelatinous substance that sits in the gut. This substance makes you feel full, thereby reducing your calorie intake. Apart from being weight loss friendly, glucomannan reduces blood sugar, blood cholesterol, triglycerides and is very good against constipation. 



This is a combination of two plant extracts that may affect fat cells’ metabolism. Meratrim is said to prevent the multiplication of fat cells in the body and burn up all stored fat. Studies have shown that meratrim reduces 5.1kg of fats within a period of 8weeks. 


Bitter Orange/ Synephrine

A particular fruit known as bitter orange (related to orange) contains the compound synephrine, which aids weight loss. It reduces appetite and helps burn fat faster. Synephrine is fairly potent and perfect for short-term weight loss, but it can be addictive and should be used with caution.

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